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Written statement by the International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs (IWGIA) and Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) to the Commission on the Status of Women’s 63rd Session

Introduction This written statement is submitted by the International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs (IWGIA) and Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) to the Commission on the Status of Women’s 63rd Session, in line with the communications submission procedure. We respectfully acknowledge the upcoming priority theme of Social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure for gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls and commend the commission’s work towards ensuring a sustainable and just future for women and girls everywhere. Despite progress in some areas of the Sustainable Development Agenda, and given the worsening conditions for human ...

Cambodia: Investigate the alleged shooting attempt against an indigenous activist

Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) has learnt that there was an alleged shooting attempt against Ven Et, an indigenous activist of Areng Valley, Cambodia, on 12 May 2018 in front of his house. “I feel scared and worried about my personal security. I think this time they missed me but next time they might not,” says Ven Et. Ven Et is a younger brother of Ven Vorn, an indigenous environmental activist arrested in 2015 for “forest crimes”. According to Indigenous Peoples Human Rights Defenders Network, Koh Kong Provincial Court charged Ven Vorn with harvesting forest products without authorisation and tampering ...

Good practices on the empowerment of indigenous youth leaders in Asia

The indigenous youths’ empowerment and dynamic participation are crucial and decisive because as social catalysts, their voices must be amplified in various levels and avenues where policies and decisions that concern indigenous peoples are being made. They are at a historical juncture where their engagement matters and their initiatives are appreciated and encouraged. In this book’s case studies, there are significant similarities in context and historical backgrounds on the birth of indigenous youth organizations and emergence and empowerment of indigenous youth leaders. The five organizations namely, Cambodia Indigenous Youth Association (CIYA), Youth Federation of Indigenous Nationalities in Nepal (YFIN), Karbi ...

Nepal: Stop the Use of Violence to the Indigenous Newar Community and Uphold their Rights to Peaceful Assembly

AIPP’s Solidarity Statement to the Activists and Indigenous Newar Community in Kathmandu Chiang Mai, 2 April 2018 – Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) condemns in highest terms the violent response of the Nepalese government during the recent peaceful protest in Baneshwor on 28 March 2018. The incident resulted to arrest of 16 leaders and injuring many others as they were met with police’ water cannons and tear gas. The indigenous Newar communities and activists were protesting about the road expansion, the Fast Track Highway, Outer Ring Road, and other satellite cities, among other destructive development projects to be built on their lands. ...

Philippines: End the Abuse of Power and Violence to Human Rights Defenders

Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact’s Call to Repeal the Petition Declaring the former Secretary-General of AIPP, Joan Carling, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Victoria Corpuz-Tauli, and other indigenous leaders and human rights defenders as Terrorists and Outlaws On 21 February 2018, the Department of Justice filed a petition to the Regional Trial Court of the National Capital Region in Manila City declaring around 600 individuals, many of them are human rights defenders and political activists, as “terrorists and outlawed organisations, associations and/or group of persons.”[1] Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP), a regional organisation of 48 indigenous peoples ...

AIPP Statement on International Women’s Day

  Press for Progress: International Women’s Day March 08, 2018 #pressforprogress Dear Members, Partners and Friends, On March 08, 2018, we are once again celebrating International Women’s Day. We, as indigenous women, join in solidarity for this year’s campaign theme: Press for Progress. Recent reports suggest that globally-realised gender parity is more than two centuries away[1]. Meanwhile, global activism for women’s equality is building momentum, with movements such as the #MeToo and #TimesUp campaigns shining light on the injustices facing women in many sectors. We, indigenous women in Asia and allies of indigenous women everywhere, want to take this opportunity ...

Joshua: Message from an Indigenous Person with Disability from Myanmar

My name is Joshua, a post-polio person with disabilities. I belong Chin tribe and I am presently living in Kale district of Hakhalay Village (Myanmar) and Chin State is where the second highest rate of Persons with disabilities are seen among all the States in Myanmar. I want to address the discrimination of the indigenous persons with disabilities in Myanmar. Indigenous Peoples of Chin community are facing lots of problem. The development projects that are implementing in Chin State are not considering for persons with disabilities and they are always marginalized. Many of indigenous lose their rights and land. There ...

Leny Patty: Message from an Indigenous Woman Human Rights Defender from Indonesia

I’m Leny Patty, from Ullath indigenous community, Maluku province. Contribution of indigenous women in various di sscussion on rights to lands, territories and resources is critical and significant. Because we have vast knowledge when it comes to how we manage and preserve our ancestral territories. Now is the time to strengthen the position of indigenous women in many indigenous communities in Indonesia, particularly in Maluku. AMAN Maluku fully supports the Land Rights Now campaign and we remain committed to continue supporting various activities related to the campaign.

Heli Chakma: Message from an Indigenous Woman Human Rights Defender from Bangladesh

I am from Rangamati of the Chittagong Hill Tracts. I do not actively work on Human Rights per se but I try to support those who actively work as much as possible. Since my birth the problem I feel is the land issue, which is a major problem for indigenous peoples in Bangladesh. On paper, I know it for sure that the land is mine, but someone else is cultivating on that land before my eyes. I have no alternative but to see it. I have no right to touch or use that land. That has completely been given to ...